Could a 2010 Unemployment Extensions vote finally end a huge battle between Democrats and Republicans in the Senate? At least for the short term? The answer is a resounding yes. Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid thinks the Democrats will have enough votes when an interim replacement is named for the late Robert Byrd late this week. That means the potential 2010 Unemployment Extensions vote could finally get the approval it needs to help over 2 million jobless Americans who have lost extended benefits.
Who is includes in the 2010 Unemployment Extensions legislation that could be voted on on Tuesday, July 20, 2010? Those who have lost benefits after reaching Tier 1, Tier 2, Tier 3 and Tier 4 will most likely receive retroactive pay with the passage of the 2010 Unemployment Extensions. That means more than 2 million jobless Americans who have been cut off and served as collateral damage during this entire Senate mess will finally be allowed to receive benefits once again up to 99 weeks. The hitch is that the current 2010 Unemployment Extensions legislation would end in November-which could bring up another issue in the hands of the Senate once again. That means the nightmare could be recurring for some and brand new for others.
The Senate has dragged its feet for nearly a month a half after the former benefits extensions legislation ran out. That means each week the Senate has not pushed the unemployment legislation through, a new pool of jobless Americans have been shut off from receiving funds. There are currently over 2 million who fall into the category.
Jobless Americans with as little as 26 weeks of unemployment lost benefits when the former legislation stopped at the end of May. So many jobless Americans have been doing without, trying to make ends meet, for nearly 6 or 7 weeks. That translates to about $1800 dollars or more in retro-pay for many unemployed individuals.
But has the damage already been done? I have read many articles from different news sources that are depicting a not so pretty picture as to what the Senate has accomplished by simply not accomplishing anything. People have lost homes, cars and not been allowed to put food on the tables because the issue stalled in the Senate for a month a half. There is still no guarantee that the Senate will finally push the legislation through either. What we have witnessed is a colossal failure of our political system to the people they are supposed to represent. The politicians in the United States Senate should not celebrate a victory when this bill is passed, and I emphasize if, on Tuesday, July 20. The Senators should instead apologize for the great length of trouble they have caused for many many individuals.
It’s shameful. It’s also unfortunate the Senators may never truly have to personally deal with the repercussions of their actions. The bill should have passed without question. It should have been a no-brainer. Instead, the Senate juggled the issue to no avail for nearly 60 days with no resolution. Somewhere in that span of time the Senators utilized two Holiday recesses. Maybe the repercussions of these actions will be losing office for many of these United States Senators who have turned their backs on the people of this once proud country.
I have said it many times-I find it awful that 100 people, regardless of any status, can dictate what happens for 2 million people. The Senate should have passed some legislation and figured out a way to pay for it later.
It’s common sense.
Something should have happened to help these people who so desperately needed it. Instead when the bill finally is passed, and we hope it does, on July 20, 2010 there will be some Senators patting each other on the back for a job well done. Maybe the Republicans will pat their fellow Republicans on the back for firmly standing ground in favor of the oooh so scary deficit.
Maybe the Democrats will pat fellow Democrats for sticking with the plan and getting it done. I want to emphasize that to the many jobless Americans who have suffered financially and emotionally through this roller coaster of emotions that there are no winners in the United States Senate. There should only be apologies. PERIOD.
But apologies don’t get houses and cars back. Apologies don’t pay late fees and provide cooler temperatures when the victims in this tragedy didn’t have the money to pay for air conditioning during the ultra hot summer months.
The Senate should collectively be ashamed of what they have done-or more appropriately what they have not done in the days leading up to the July 20, 2010 Unemployment Extensions vote. They should look at one another and realize that their political or election year differences have caused collateral damage that some will never recover from. If there is a human element to blame in this awful situation-look no further than the United States Senate.
They have created new homeless people with their indifference and lack of cooperation. They have utilized the loss of others for their potential election year gain. That should be considered a crime-not a part of the political process. This 6-7 weeks of delaying the 2010 Unemployment Extensions could go down as one of the worst episodes in humanity ever produced, directly or inadvertently, by politicians of this era. But unfortunately on Tuesday, July 20 there will be Senators who inevitably pat one another on the back for something they should have done nearly 2 months ago. That’s if the Unemployed, who can only be considered unfortunate during this crisis of huge proportions, are lucky. Just one of the Senators is all that is needed to derail this 2010 Unemployment Benefits Extensions for even more time. That just doesn’t make sense. One person can dictate the fate of over 2 million. How does that work? The truth and absolute truth is that it doesn’t.